Diamond XtremeTV PVR-550RC: Not Quite Ready for Prime Time

Performance

We tested both tuner performance and video input capture quality. Tuner strength testing compares the PVR-550 tuner to a Sharp VC-H810 VCR tuner, representing "typical" reception for standalone TV’s. Capture Quality compares an original DVD image to those received by the PVR-550 S-Video and Composite Video inputs, using a Panasonic DVD-RV31 as the source.

To enable simultaneous capture, VCR tuner video was input through the test system’s All-In-Wonder composite connection. This is the only place where additional input hardware was used.

While all images are shown at full resolution and cropped, the DVD captures are clickable to reveal their pre-cropped form.

Test System
CPU Intel Pentium 4 2.6 GHz, 512k Cache
FSB 200 MHz
Motherboard Soyo P4I875P Dragon 2 V1.0
Memory 2x Corsair XMS4000 Pro, 1024 MB
Graphics ATI All-In-Wonder X800 XT
HDD Western Digital WD800JB 80 GB ATA (8 MB)
DVD Compaq DVD-115
LAN Intel Pro/1000 onboard
Power Supply Custom
Drivers & Configuration
Graphics ATI Catalyst v5.4
Chipset Intel Inf. Update
OS Windows XP Prof. SP1a
DirectX DirectX 9.0c
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